Five-Figure Friday: A Wurtsboro Bungalow for $99K

  |  October 13, 2023

It’s Friday the 13th: Upstater’s Five-Figure Friday pick for today needs an overhaul, but it shouldn’t be too scary for the new owner.

This two-bedroom bungalow dates to 1928. It needs new—well—almost everything, but you can’t deny that it’s cute. If you’re looking for downsized, one-level living, you can roll up your sleeves and get right to work. The front door is kind of concealed behind overgrown shrubbery; there’s another entrance up a couple of steps on the side of the house.

If you have vision, this living room could be super-cute. Of course, you’d need to install a new floor, and make a decision on whether to repair/paint or just replace that paneled wall. But the picture window is expansive, the brick fireplace seems intact down to its bluestone hearth, and those whitewashed rafters are pretty interesting. That wagon-wheel chandelier is a little high, but is full of nostalgia for readers of a certain age.

The other end of the living room has a doorway to the kitchen.

The size of the kitchen is big enough to reimagine into a nice remodel. The listing says there are four rooms in total here, which means there’s probably no dining room—so any renovation would need to include an eat-in spot here. There’s a handy door next to the fridge area…

…that leads to a enclosed porch. This room looks like it needs mold remediation. But it has the potential to be a nice sunroom.

This bedroom is basic but has good bones; like the rest of the house, it needs a lot of TLC.

This bedroom, too, has a good future if the new owner is properly motivated.

Is it just us, or do those irresponsible drips of white paint all over that tilework resemble tears to you, too? It’s a darn shame that someone decided to slap a paintbrush around this bathroom without giving a thought to the vintage black and pink tile. The vanity, medicine cabinet, and bank of lights (and towel rack) don’t match the style here, so if we had the chance we’d seek out vintage replacements at Hudson Valley House Parts.

The house measures 776 square feet. There’s not room for expansion here, since the house sits on less than a tenth of an acre. There is a shed for storage, though.

The stonescaping around the property shows that a previous owner loved this spot, though.

It’s tucked within deep woods, and it’s a five-minute walk to the shore of Masten Lake—it’s worth some research to see if lake rights are available with this bungalow. The house is a five-minute drive to Route 17, and it’s under 10 minutes to downtown Wurtsboro (enjoy a vegetarian breakfast at Red Dot Kitchen and explore crystals and gifts at Crystal Connection). It’s just a 15-minute drive to Resorts World Catskills, too.

If this bitty bungalow makes your handyperson’s heart beat, find out more about 17 Oak Avenue, Wurtsboro, from Leib Glanz with Lg Realty Group Corp.

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